The Thames is a working river.

The tidal Thames manages to balance ecology and commerce. You can now see a minute by minute update of exactly what river traffic is moving in the Thames courtesy of the Marine Traffic feed. This allows you to explore a vessels tonnage, destination, route, heading speed and much more. We will be incorporating this into a new schools programme in the coming year to teach pupils about world trade, the interdependence of all nations and the part the Thames has played in making London a prosperous capital.

Take a minute to click on a vessel below and find out what’s happening on the Thames right now. This is a world map so zoom out and explore how shipping connects London to the rest of the world.